Cape Clawless Otters- Safari part 1

Recently I was on a beach between Glencairn and Simons Town. It was one of those autumn days that really defines the season on the Cape Point Peninsula, periods of warm sunshine interspersed with sharp, heavy rain showers. I was mooching along the sand, just above the tide line, looking at a set of dog prints when they intersected a second set. At this point I noticed that t...
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Cape Point Peninsula Tortoises Under Threat

Poachers Now Targeting the Cape Point Tortoise Population I have received a most disturbing press release from the  Minister of Local Government,Environmental Affairs and Development Planning  (in full below). Apparently the humble tortoise is now the target of poachers. Luckily we live in a very busy, built up area so there are a lot more eyes and ears available than in rural...
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Free Entry to Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point

To celebrate National Parks Week SANParks are giving all South Africans free entry to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The offer is from 12 to 16 September 2011 and all you need to do is turn up at the gate with a South African ID book. This is a brilliant offer, especially if you are not a Wild Card owner, as the entry fee is a bit steep (if you are a fa...
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Good News For Cape Point Peninsula Residents

Cape Point Peninsula
Introducing the Cape Point Peninsula Green Card There is some great news for the residents of the Cape Point peninsula from the Table Mountain National Parks, with the introduction of a new residents card- called The Green Card. This is essentially a Wild Card with a limited number of entries per year and is solely for the benefit of local people. Enjoy the beauty of Cape Poi...
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Nature on our doorstep- A day out at Cape Point

Close up of a Dassie at Cape of Good Hope-Cape Point Peninsula
Following my post last week about the birth of a Mountain Zebra in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, at Cape Point, we decided to take a family day out and see if we could find it. Despite knowing the general area that the herd was located we had no luck, however, it was a wildlife feast. A baboon encounter well before arriving at Cape Point After a recent trip to Durban ...
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Cape Point Peninsula National Park- Mountain Zebra Foal Born

Mountain Zebra Foal Born In Cape Point National Park I read today with great interest that a Mountain Zebra foal was born in the park on Tuesday (19th July). More accurately the new arrival is a Cape Mountain Zebra [Equus zebra zebra], one of two species of mountain zebras (the other being the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra [Equus zebra hartmannea]). If you are ever confronted b...
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Dassenburg Development- What Is Going On Here?

The general area of the proposed development- image thanks to Google EarthWork has begun on the new housing development at the foot of the Dassenberg Mountain (at the base of Ou Kaapse Weg). Clearing began last week so it seems unlikely that the development will not happen, unless the developers go out of business.This makes one question what kind of a process has been gone thr...
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Stranded At Cape Point- What To Do If You Break Down In A Nature Reserve

A recent family trip to Cape Point Nature Reserve nearly ended in disaster, simply because we didn’t know what to do when we had car trouble. So I thought that I would write a post so that in a similar situation you can avoid the same problems. My sister visited me recently. It was her first visit to Cape Town and so naturally we were keen to show her all the great places in...
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